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The Royal salt-works


Built after a scheme by Claude Nicolas Ledoux in 1775, this master-piece of neo-classical industrial architecture, destined to process the salt brine from near-by Salins, listed in the UNESCO universal patrimony, is a remarkable example of a monument largely inspired by the phalanstery ideal. The aesthetic harmony of this ensemble is essentially based on the perfect balance of shapes and the systematic symetry of the different buildings radiating from the Head's Lodge.





The gardens at the Royal Salt Works :